Walk­ers take great strides

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tim Slater

THE Bel­mont Fo­rum Mall Walk­ing Group cel­e­brated its 10th an­niver­sary last week.

With over 40 reg­u­lar mem­bers, and run by vol­un­teer Coun­cil on the Age­ing Walk Lead­ers, it of­fers walk­ing and stretch­ing in the safe in­door en­vi­ron­ment of Bel­mont Fo­rum.

Rae De­whurst was one of seven orig­i­nal mem­bers who started walk­ing around the fo­rum to ex­er­cise and meet new friends.

“It’s easy to be mo­ti­vated if there is a crowd oth­er­wise it’s a bit hard to do it on your own,” Ms De­whurst said.

She said it was good to walk around the cen­tre dur­ing the win­ter months, but it was a bit hot in sum­mer.

Group leader Gwen Davies re­ceived a spe­cial bou­quet for her sup­port of the group.

Eight other mem­bers re­ceived cer­tifi­cates for their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

COTA Ac­tive Age­ing man­ager Phil Airey said the group, which meets twice a week, helps to re­con­nect se­niors and keep them ac­tive and in­de­pen­dent.

“It is also a great place to meet new friends,” Mr Airey said.

Bel­mont Fo­rum mar­ket­ing man­ager Julie El­liott said the walk­ers had clocked up thou­sands of kilo­me­tres, built new friend­ships and kept fit.

“We’re so de­lighted to host the mall walk­ers at Bel­mont Fo­rum and pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for walk­ers to ex­er­cise in a friendly and safe en­vi­ron­ment,” Ms El­liott said.

Mr Airey thanked the City of Bel­mont, Bel­mont MLA Glenys God­frey and Stay on Your Feet WA for their sup­port.

Group leader Gwen Davies and the Bel­mont Fo­rum Walk­ing Group cel­e­brate their 10th an­niver­sary.

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